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FYI: New E-mail Scam

Friday, May 4th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Security Help

FYI: New E-mail Scam

Have you heard about the new e-mail scam going around? Or maybe you’ve even been an innocent bystander in the middle of it all. Whatever your case may be, I’m here to bring you up to speed on its details today. Announced on April 23, 2007, the new scam basically just involves a survey and the Wal-Mart logo. Yep, that’s right. Spammers are using the Wal-Mart logo to get people to fill out a survey that ends in nothing but bad.

If you receive the e-mail, it will say something like “Congratulations! You have been chosen by Wal-Mart’s online department to take part in our quick and easy 5 question survey.” The e-mail also goes on to promise that you will be paid $175 just for answering their questions. Now, if you’re on the ball, you can probably guess where this goes next. Once you’re done taking the survey, you must give out your personal information in order to receive the money. They will ask for either a credit card or a debit card that they can transfer the money to. Of course, they throw in a nice assurance note that lets you know your information is in good hands and so on and so on.

All I can say is, “Don’t believe it!” We’ve been over this time and time again and this scam is no different. No matter how legit it may sound, don’t fall for it. Also, if you think something fishy might be up, you can always contact the company in jeopardy (Wal-Mart in this case) and ask them if this is something they’re doing. They will always tell you their policies and I guarantee, most big companies like Wal-Mart do not contact consumers by e-mail. Of course, the Wal-Mart logo will look real and the e-mail will sound enticing, but before you know it, your information will be stolen. So, please just delete the e-mail immediately. You owe it to yourself to stay safe!

~ Erin

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